Mugabe's house sealed off by army

Mugabe's house sealed off by army

It is still unclear who ordered the military movement, though it comes amid an unprecedented challenge to the 93-year-old president from the armed forces.

Moyo's released the statement after a day when armored military vehicles were seen around the capital, Harare.

The ZANU-PF Youth League on Monday also criticized Chiwenga's statement and accused him of trying to subvert the country's constitution.

Mnangagwa had always been tipped as Mugabe's most likely successor but has in recent months increasingly come into conflict with first lady Grace Mugabe, who is vying to replace the 93-year-old president.

Today, four tanks were seen moving towards Harare, while two other tanks were seen parked beside the main road from Harare to Chinhoyi, 14 miles from the city, pointing in the direction of the capital.

Gen Constantino Chiwenga, Zimbabwe's army chief, has warned President Robert Mugabe and ruling Zanu-PF party after the sacking of vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa, The Guardian reports.

Chiwenga on Monday issued a hard hitting statement urging the ruling party to stop expulsion of party members with a liberation war background.

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This photo taken November 8, 2017, shows Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe, left, addressing party members and supporters to show support to Grace Mugabe, right, becoming the party's next vice president after the dismissal of Emerson Mnangagwa.

He said the army was prepared to act to end purges within Mr Mugabe's Zanu-PF party.

The former junior administrator is detested by numerous independence-era war veterans, who once enjoyed a privileged role in the ruling party under Mugabe, but who have increasingly been banished from senior government and party roles in recent years.

But the 75-year-old former vice-president has powerful military connections, having served as defence and state security minister.

Grace, now poised to become a vice president, did not fight in the liberation war.

Analysts said if Mugabe responded to Chiwenga's statement, he would be compelled to choose sides between war veterans and the young turks rallying behind his wife. He has to declare his allegiance.

The cordoning off of ZBC premises was also in line with upped security in the southern African country amid a political impasse, the website said.

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